Alshon Jeffery earns an A++ for a franchise-record day with 218 yards on 10 catches (out of 13 “targets”), one for a touchdown. He made difficult catches and accounted for the five longest Bears plays of the game, receptions of 58, 42, 31, 25 and 21 yards, the 58 and 21 coming in the fourth quarter when the Bears were trying for a come-from-behind victory.
“It’s not about what I did,” said Jeffery, the Bears’ second-round pick in the 2012 draft. “It’s about what the team did and we didn’t get the win. ... There were 11 guys that took for me to get 200-plus yards or whatever I had.”
In the process, Jeffery took his play to a higher overall level as far as establishing consistency by working into open situations and being in synch with Jay Cutler. This game followed a five-catch, 107-yard game against the Detroit Lions and a seven-catch game the week before in Pittsburgh.
“Pieces just kind of fell that way for him,” Cutler said. “He’s making some big play for us whenever his number gets called.”
Tight end Martellus Bennett caught the five passes directed to him for 56 yards. Brandon Marshall caught four of five for 30 yards and scored on a two-yard completion late in the fourth quarter, though his one non-catch was a costly drop. Earl Bennett also was guilty of a drop besides his one reception.
“I can do a better job of getting myself open versus that coverage,” Marshall said. “I’ve got to do a better job of making myself quarterback-friendly so I can try and make a play for our offense.”
Moon's Grade: A